Tenth Annual Dscoop Conference Breaks Records Despite Major Snowstorm
CHICAGO—Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) announced today that the annual Dscoop North America conference experienced record breaking success making DscoopX, held March 5-7, in Washington, DC, the largest event in the organization’s 10-year history.
Washington, DC, was hit by a "white-out" blizzard on Thursday, March 5, leading to travel delays and flight cancellations, but that was not enough to keep DscoopX attendees away. Final attendance numbers exceeded 2,200 which makes it the biggest Dscoop event held to-date.
"The participation of Dscoop members in DscoopX, even in unique circumstances, shows how committed this community is," said Dscoop Global Executive Director John Rogers. "Walking in the opening general session Thursday, and seeing a packed room filled with people excited to kick off the conference, made me realize that the growth Dscoop has experienced in the last ten years is unmatched anywhere else in this industry. Nothing was going to keep Dscoop members away from what has become the signature event of the year for digital print professionals."
DscoopX also played host to Dion Weisler, the newly appointment CEO of HP Inc. His presence at the event showcased HP’s continued commitment to the digital print community. Dion spoke at Friday’s General Session and met with Dscoop leadership during his visit.
DscoopX also brought together a record 116 Partners in a combined 45,000-square-foot Solutions Showcase. These partners joined Dscoop to help drive innovation in digital print. The show floor experienced a new level of energy in 2015. Companies representing packaging, finishing, direct mail, trans-promo, commercial, media substrates, photo specialty and more sectors combined to make it the largest Solutions Showcase in the organization’s history.
"DscoopX is just one event which highlights where the future of the industry is headed," noted Gary Peeling, Dscoop Global board chairman and managing director of Precision Printing Co. Ltd. "It’s not enough to just focus on the print side anymore. Growth and success requires embracing a new generation of professionals who are armed with the marketing and sales expertise to support your mission. It’s a shift that we will continue to see over the next few years, and one the Dscoop community is excited about."
Dscoop and HP, showing their commitment to the future of the industry, announced new initiatives throughout the week.
- Dscoop University introduced changes to the online learning platform including enhancements to ease the usability, allow for management to assign training to their employees, and even more education that aligns with the industry.
- Dscoop confirmed its dedication to growing offerings for the packaging sector by introducing the DscoopX Packaging Renaissance, which included a segment for Dscoop members and representatives from global and national brands to connect on trends, insights and advancements in label and packaging. As a part of the Packaging Renaissance, attendees could attend nine individual educational sessions focused specifically on that sector.
- The first annual Jetcomm conference preceded DscoopX. Jetcomm is the new user community for HP Inkjet users and will continue to play a role in the future of digital print. Some 150 people attended this event, a great start for this rapidly growing industry segment.
In a special awards ceremony held during the conference, some of Dscoop’s finest volunteers were honored for their commitment to the community. Chris Reine of Franklin Press was named the Dscoop Top Contributor for the third year, Nosco (Waukegan, IL) was the winner of the first annual Rod Key Marketing Excellence Award and Susan Moore was this year’s Jack Glacken Award winner, which recognizes the individual who has made the largest contribution to the Dscoop community over the course of the past year.
The Dscoop Annual Conference is the premier event for HP Graphics Arts users. DscoopX showcases the latest digital technologies, unveils new products in the Solutions Showcase and provides up-to-date advances in the industry over the course of three days of education and networking.
Founded in 2005, the Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop) is a worldwide community of visionaries from leading graphic arts companies and industry partners who collaborate by sharing ideas and information that drive industry-leading innovation and individual business growth through the use of HP digital print technologies including HP Indigo, Scitex, High-end Latex and Inkjet Web Press.